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  •  Well... it is not my plan (none)
    but yes, I do think that the tax base for schools needs to be leveled and money distribution should be made fair for all children to benefit in the same manner.  It is, after all, public education, not community education.  

    And political suicide aside, our children are more important than a vote.  I don't know that any of this will ever actually change, I just think it should.  

    If the public does not want to even the distribution with tax dollars then some other, oh my God should I say it, kind of monetary means needs to be made available so that all children are having the same level of education made available to them, not just the ones living in the right neighborhood.

    IF the lottery had been utilized as it should have been as originally sold to the public, this would not be the problem as it is today.  But, the government lied and federal monies have been decreased as  state monies have been added to from the lottery.

    Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. Naomi Shihab Nye

    by panicbean on Sun Oct 09, 2005 at 12:58:36 PM PDT

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    •  I think you are getting to the heart of it (none)

      but the problem is that we live in a society where the thought of the average person is "Me and Mine and Not Yours." The residents of well-heeled suburbs with award-winning schools would fight bloody murder about having their tax dollars go to poorer schools for both teacher pay as well as better facilities, materials, etc. Remember the bussing wars? I do. Trying to take away money from these schools would create the same sort of uproar. If you were successful, many of these families would move their kids to private schools.

      And, actually, public schools are community-based in America, with oversight by the state and now by the federal govt. with NCLB. I know what you mean by the notion of "public education", I'm just talking the reality of how schools are both funded and administered - which is at the local level.

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